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Microsoft mocks Sony with ‘Destiny’ fragrance

Microsoft isn’t allowed to run commercials for upcoming first-person shooter Destiny because Sony has an exclusive deal on the marketing rights, but that’s not stopping the software maker from getting its message across. Microsoft has created a fake Destiny fragrance, and the company is surprisingly upfront about it. “Thanks for smelling that something was up,” jokes the site that includes a mocked up bottle of the Destiny fragrance to bypass Sony’s marketing exclusive. The real Destiny will make its way to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next Tuesday.

Update Sept. 5th, 4:00PM ET: Microsoft has pulled its fragrance joke and replaced it with a far less funny message advertising Xbox One games that are “available at the moment.” We’ve…

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Microsoft mocks Sony with ‘Destiny’ fragrance

Microsoft isn’t allowed to run commercials for upcoming first-person shooter Destiny because Sony has an exclusive deal on the marketing rights, but that’s not stopping the software maker from getting its message across. Microsoft has created a fake Destiny fragrance, and the company is surprisingly upfront about it. “Thanks for smelling that something was up,” jokes the site that includes a mocked up bottle of the Destiny fragrance to bypass Sony’s marketing exclusive. The real Destiny will make its way to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next Tuesday.

Update Sept. 5th, 4:00PM ET: Microsoft has pulled its fragrance joke and replaced it with a far less funny message advertising Xbox One games that are “available at the moment.” We’ve…

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Microsoft mocks Sony with ‘Destiny’ fragrance

Microsoft isn’t allowed to run commercials for upcoming first-person shooter Destiny because Sony has an exclusive deal on the marketing rights, but that’s not stopping the software maker from getting its message across. Microsoft has created a fake Destiny fragrance, and the company is surprisingly upfront about it. “Thanks for smelling that something was up,” jokes the site that includes a mocked up bottle of the Destiny fragrance to bypass Sony’s marketing exclusive. The real Destiny will make its way to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next Tuesday.

Update Sept. 5th, 4:00PM ET: Microsoft has pulled its fragrance joke and replaced it with a far less funny message advertising Xbox One games that are “available at the moment.” We’ve…

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Ballmer mocks Android, promises a “bunch of new” Nokia Windows Phones next week [video]

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took to the stage at the Web 2.0 Summit on Wednesday and revealed Nokia plans to show off its Windows Phone devices next week.

Ballmer discussed Windows Phone briefly during his talk at the Web 2.0 Summit on Wednesday and touched on Nokia. He explained he was looking forward to Nokia showing off a “bunch of new devices next week,” indicating that the Finnish handset maker may have multiple devices to show. Ballmer revealed Nokia “will have a chance at their Nokia World show next week to show a bunch of new devices running Windows Phone,” before adding “it should be pretty good.”

Nokia appears to be preparing at least two Windows Phone devices. A number of different codenames and specification lists ha mocksve emerged over the past few weeks, none of them yet confirmed. Nokia is expected to unveil its first Windows Phone powered device at its Nokia World 2011 conference in London later this month. A number of Microsoft employees will also be speaking at Nokia World to detail the latest improvements with Windows Phone 7.5 and presumably some of Nokia’s software improvements. Nokia is believed to be preparing its “Sea Ray” device for the first official public unveiling, alongside another device codenamed the “Ace” or “Sabre”.

Ballmer refused to be drawn into questions on Microsoft’s prospects of building their own Windows Phone. “Our business has been focussed on enabling hardware innovation. We’re focussed on enabling hardware innovation broadly through our industry,” he said. Ballmer also briefly discussed Android and claimed you need to be a computer scientist to use an Android device. “It is very hard to be excited, for me, about the Android phones.”

Ballmer mocks Android, promises a “bunch of new” Nokia Windows Phones next week originally appeared at WinRumors.com.



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Steve Ballmer mocks “idle chatter” of Salesforce and VMware at Dell World

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer kicked off his Dell World keynote on Friday by branding the Salesforce and VMWare keynotes as “idle chatter”.

Ballmer appeared on stage at day two of Dell’s conference on Friday to discuss Windows 8, Skype and the company’s Lync communications platform. Ballmer introduced a demonstration of Windows 8 and Windows Server 8 shortly after discussing Dell and Microsoft’s close partnership. “I would argue even in the organization of this meeting, you could see the strong partnership between the two companies,” said Ballmer. “I was so pleased to be on day two with Paul Otellini [Intel CEO] instead of having to be on day one, a day of idle chatter in my opinion.”

Day one of Dell World 2011 featured VMware CEO Paul Maritz and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, two of Microsoft’s biggest rivals in the battle for the cloud. Benioff previously labeled Microsoft an “evil empire” and has a long history of trading insults with Microsoft officials. Microsoft also recently poked fun at VMware with a new marketing campaign in August. Microsoft created a VMlimited mini-site that claimed VMware was “stuck in the past” with its cloud offerings.

Despite the joking, Ballmer discussed how Microsoft was re-imagining the entire company alongside Windows. “We’re not just re-imagining Windows, we’re also re-imagining the rest of Microsoft essentially at the same time,” explained Ballmer. He introduced short demonstrations of Windows 8, Windows Server 8 and Lync. Ballmer also briefly discussed Skype and its role in Lync and the enterprise. “One of the great efforts now is to make sure we get Skype to our Lync technology for inside the enterprise video, so you can have a managed solution inside the enterprise and still be able to reach the whole world of hundreds of millions of Skype users.” Microsoft’s BJ Haberkorn also demonstrated the company’s Windows Phone Lync application, promising a release before the end of the year.

Steve Ballmer mocks “idle chatter” of Salesforce and VMware at Dell World originally appeared at WinRumors.com.



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Robot arm learns to use hammer, mocks pathetic human’s attempt to fight back (video)

This guy had a pretty natural reaction upon discovering that the DLR Hand Arm System has learned to use a hammer: he took a bat to the thing. Rather than curbing the inevitable robotic uprising, however, the whole thing just demonstrates exactly how durable the mechanical appendage is, as it resumes normal functionality after the swift blow. The arm contains 52 motors and super strong synthetic tendons, and is the work of the German Aerospace Center, the electronic sadists who also recently took a hammer to one of their robot hands. Videos of the mayhem after the jump — we’re sure they’ll be Skynet’s Exhibit A.

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Apple Mocks Smaller Tablets, Dashes Hopes For iPad Nano


Well, that’s that. I kind of had my hopes up for an iPad “suite” including a smaller and larger device, but no less a personage than Steve Jobs himself has dismissed any idea of there being a smaller iPad than the one currently on the market. Or rather, he suggested that they’ll work fine if they come with sandpaper to file your fingers down to the size needed to make a 7″ tablet usable. Tell us how you really feel, Steve.

Yes, he had less than kind words for the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, which he derided as “tweeners,” criticism echoing my own from before the iPad’s debut. Their limited app selection also came under fire, and the conclusion was that these tablets will be “DOA.” I couldn’t agree more, though considering the many valid criticisms of the iPad, I would phrase it perhaps as Churchill might have: “The iPad is the worst tablet available, except for all other on the market.”

I mean honestly, the iPad’s competition is a rabble, beneath notice, a mishmash of compromise devices running an OS not intended for large or even medium-sized screens. You know this is true, even of the top-tier ones like the Galaxy Tab. That said, the next few months will bring Android 3.0, webOS, Windows 7 tablets, and more, which will provide actual competition for Apple. The coalescing of Android under 2.2 and 3.0 will be a solidifying for for everyone’s favorite fragmented OS.

Jobs stressed the idea that “integrated will trump fragmented every time,” and it’s true that Apple has done quite a good job of keeping iOS and OS X versions tightly grouped, though the resolution thing is starting to look like trouble. That was actually one of the theoretical benefits of transitioning the iPad platform to a 16:9 aspect ratio — but apparently the trade-offs in usability were too great for Apple to sign off on it. I have my suspicions about what’s in the cards for this come OS X 10.7, but all that can wait until Wednesday.

So does this mean that for Apple displays, 3.5 inches is a hard ceiling, and 10.1 inches a hard floor? I’d say yes, if only because Jobs would look like a chump if they did anything else, as they’ve made such a big deal about how these are the two Goldilocks zones for mobile and tablet forms. Personally, I think they’re pretty good sizes, so apart from new OSes, improvements to weight, durability, and other portability metrics will be the principal improvements to the tablet platform for now.

With all that being said, this week’s OS X event may enlighten us a bit more as to Apple’s roadmap for iOS devices. We’ll be covering that live, of course, so tune in Wednesday morning and find out as we do.



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LG’s Xnote A510 3D laptop mocks your virility

Looking for a strategy to promote a 15-inch slab of drab plastic laptop? If you’re LG then you slap in some 3D gimmickry and roll on the scantily clad product waif. LG’s Xnote A510 comes packing a Full HD LED backlit 15.6-inch panel powered by your choice of a Core i7 840QM or 740QM quad core processors and 1GB of NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M graphics. It ships with polarized 3D glasses including clip-on 3D lenses for your existing specs. Don’t worry if you can’t find 3D content to view because LG’s preloaded the A510 with TriDef 2D to 3D conversion software. You’ll also find an HDMI 1.4 jack, Blu-ray optical disc drive, and fingerprint reader when this guy ships to Asia, South America, and the Middle East and Africa sometime in October.

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LG’s Xnote A510 3D laptop mocks your virility originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 28 Sep 2010 02:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sony mocks Microsoft’s Kinect with new site

Sony mocks Microsoft’s Kinect with new site
The site purports to show people why buttons, which will be available on its PlayStation Move motion-gaming controller, work better than Microsoft’s controller-free Kinect. Originally posted at The Digital Home
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Sony mocks Microsoft’s Kinect with new site
The site purports to show people why buttons, which will be available on its PlayStation Move motion-gaming controller, work better than Microsoft’s controller-free Kinect.
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Move vs Kinect: Sony launches YayButtons.com website
Sony’s new button-loving site targets Microsoft Kinect Posted by Adam Bunker
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Samsung mocks Apple

Samsung just couldn’t resist taking a shot at Apple over the whole Death Grip issue. As Apple is beginning to process the iPhone 4 bumper case refunds today, Samsung UK took a moment to gloat and have some fun by posting a Galaxy S ad.

The ad references the Death Grip and reminds users that the Galaxy S has strong cellular reception. Apple fanboys won’t like it, but it’s pretty funny. Nice one Samsung.

[Samsunghub]



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